Fernando Berdichevsky

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To study the morphogenesis of human epithelial cells in vitro we have used a three-dimensional collagen matrix and a newly developed mammary epithelial cell line, 1-7 HB2. In standard medium 1-7 HB2 cells formed compact balls/spheres inside collagen type I gels, while cocultivation with various fibroblast cell lines or growth in fibroblast-conditioned media(More)
The cell line MTSV1-7, originally derived by immortalizing mammary epithelial cells cultured from human milk was able to form three-dimensional structures in collagen gel. We have now found that these cells, cultured as a monolayer, are able to undergo rapid morphogenesis forming ridges and balls around collagen fibres, when soluble collagen type I is added(More)
The human epithelial mucin which is the product of the MUC1 gene is expressed by many carcinomas, including those of breast, ovary, colon, and lung. The core protein is aberrantly glycosylated in the tumors resulting in the exposure or appearance of novel epitopes. To examine the possibility of using the MUC1 gene and its products in active immunization(More)
The c-erbB2 (or Her2) oncogene is amplified and/or overexpressed in a significant proportion of breast cancers. To assess the role of the c-erbB2 oncogene in mammary tumorigenesis, we have transfected the corresponding human c-erbB2 cDNA into an immortalized human mammary epithelial cell line, MTSV1-7, that was derived from luminal epithelial cells cultured(More)
Experimental systems using human mammary tissue, secretions and tumours may be based on in vitro culture or on growth of tissue or tumour fragments in the nude mouse. In the development of in vitro culture systems, a detailed characterization of the cultured cells within the framework of the epithelial cell lineages found in vivo is crucial. Monoclonal(More)
Hybrids have been developed from two cell lines originally derived from human mammary epithelial cells. MTSV1-7 (hygro), developed from cultured milk epithelial cells, shows a cuboidal morphology, expresses high levels of keratins (but no vimentin), and forms ball-like three-dimensional structures in collagen gels. 5.3.1E (neo), derived from a cell cultured(More)
VLA-2, the alpha 2 beta 1 integrin, mediates cell adhesion to collagen and laminin, and is the receptor for the human pathogen echovirus 1. Because of its similarity to domains present in other proteins that interact with collagen, a 191 amino acid region within the alpha 2 subunit (the I domain) has been proposed as a potential site for ligand(More)
In an attempt to obtain cell lines from the different components found in primary breast cancers, we used a low-calcium medium to culture epithelial cells of mixed phenotype and a recombinant T antigen containing retrovirus to immortalize cells found in these cultures. In each case, the histology of the sample used for culture was examined in detail and the(More)